Los Angeles Culture vs. New York Culture

Los Angeles Culture vs. New York Culture

  • By - The Modern Day Wife
  • 30 January, 2021

Ah yes, beautiful, sunny Los Angeles. Filled with beaches, palm trees and an endless supply of traffic. Known as a melting pot of cultures and the entertainment capital of the world, pretty much anyone can find their niche here in LA. The city may be one of the newest, but it does not come without its rich history and historical landmarks. 

Being an LA native, I have seen most of what the city has to offer. One of the best things I love about living here is the amount of options I have at my disposal. There is something for every type of personality. You have the mountains and national parks for those who love hiking and camping. You have plenty of beaches to pick from for all of your surfing and swimming needs. If you are more of a city person, Downtown is growing by the minute. It may be small but I promise it does not lack entertainment or culture. 

Los Angeles is probably the most laid-back compared to its counterparts like NYC. Yes, traffic is a recurring problem with honking and hitting your brakes a part of your daily routine, but then you see that beautiful sunset or hear those calming waves hitting the shore. It makes it all worth it. Being the home to many celebrities and people in the industry, LA residents often treat the sidewalk like a catwalk. Fashion never misses a beat here.

So we talked about the West Coast, let’s head East and talk about the Big Apple. New York City can be known as the city of extremes. This city has some of the wealthiest inhabitants who themselves don’t miss the opportunity to snag a hot dog from a street vendor selling it for $2. Being one of the most heavily populated cities for its size, NYC is also considered a big melting pot with most of its inhabitants being born outside of the US. 

Yes, the city does have a reputation for being rude, but locals like to call it blunt. The city is constantly bustling so you are walking fast and talking fast. Being a walking city, public transportation can be your best friend or your biggest foe. Having a car in this city is basically unheard of. Unlike LA, the Big Apple is a city that never sleeps. Bars can open as early as 7 am and be open until 4 in the morning. There is always something to do in this city, you really can not get bored. 

Although LA may have its beautiful landscapes and outdoor experiences, New York has so many things to do even when the weather is cold and gray. There are concert halls, endless museums, Broadway shows, and so much more. Known as the concrete jungle, one would have to be a lover of the big city and tall buildings to appreciate the beauty this city has to offer. 

I was born and raised here in Los Angeles, but I have also had the opportunity to take a trip to New York. I love both of these cities, but for many different reasons. I am a city girl at heart but I also love the sound of waves while I watch the sunset. Next time you are planning a trip, I definitely recommend both of these cities!